The Palestinian Authority rebuked a university in Gaza that wants to institute an Islamic dress code for female students.
Starting next semester, Al-Aqsa University will require female students to dress in a more modest fashion in line with Islamic teaching. Students will not be forced to wear full-length coats or cover their faces entirely, but they must wear the hijab — the veil that partly covers the head. The university won’t expel students for violating the dress code, but will instruct staff to lecture students on the importance of following the dress code.
The goal is to avoid arousing the sexual desires of male students, according to the university.